STATE HOUSE – The special legislative task force to review
and provide recommendations on policies pertaining to the Rhode Island Law
Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) is scheduled to meet virtually
The meeting will be held virtually today, Wednesday, Sept.
30, at 3 p.m. The meeting will include a discussion on reforms to the Law
Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
The State House remains closed to the public as a result of
the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing will be live streamed at http://www.rilegislature.gov/CapTVtwww.rilegislature.gov/CapTV
and televised live on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox on Channels
15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel
15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers.
The task force, led by Sen. Harold M. Metts, is to
comprehensively study and provide recommendations on the Law Enforcement
Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), to ensure accountability and protection
against misconduct. Adopted in Rhode Island in 1976, the LEOBOR protects officers
accused of misconduct, preventing them from being immediately fired or put on
leave without pay, and allowing their continued employment to be decided by a
panel of other police officers.
The 13-member task force includes:
Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence)
Gordon E. Rogers (R-Dist. 21, Foster, Coventry, Scituate, West Greenwich)
General Peter F. Neronha
Police Superintendent Col. James M. Manni
Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr.
Island Human Rights Commission Executive Director Michael Évora
Providence Branch President James Vincent
Capezza Jr., representing the Rhode Island AFL-CIO
Policy Institute Director Marcela Betancur
External Review Board Executive Director Jose F. Batista
Howard M. Jenkins Jr.
Chontell N. Washington
resolution creating the task force calls for it to study protection of the
rights of residents, conduct and accountability responsibilities, police
relations with racial and ethnic minority communities, police management,
disciplinary procedures, enhanced training for cultural competency and mental
health, and diversity in all law enforcement agencies. The task force is to
report to the Senate by Feb. 9, 2021.